Beck:I was trying to write in French through her, and I'm told that those are the lyrics that aren't very good on the record.
Charlotte:I like them.
Beck:They sound great to me because its in French, and I know what they mean, and it has more resonance because its another language. Well to me they mean something but that's the way I write, its like montage writing. I mean, a lot of my lyrics in English are like that too. You put a word next to each other. Its an accretion of meaning. Meaning that you keep stacking things together an all together they mean something, you know. They're all snapshots from a story. I'm not going to tell you what the story is, but I'll show you the props and you make your own story. Its that kind of writing.
I bought Mutations 7 years ago. I just turned into a Beck nerd and enjoyed Odelay and Sea Change and Midnite Vultues. Listening to Mutations was different though (and it still is). I cannot really pinpoint it. I always see Beck sitting cross-legged in his basement, recording Nobody’s Fault But My Own, with rain knocking against his window and a cup of tea next to him. And I quote what Mr. Hansen says: “Well I went down to my basement. It was raining outside, and I wrote it.”
Nobody’s Fault But My Own was my first favorite song on the record. I had an oral exam once in my former university and we suddenly started talking about Beck. My (favorite) teacher said “Oh, yeah, I love this silver album…” I said “Mutations!” “Yeah,” she said, “particularly the second track!”. I have this bent toward Bottle of Blues or Sing it Again or Runners Dial Zero or Dead Melodies, but still. Nobody’s Fault But My Own is flawless.